Holidaymakers from the United Kingdom have already begun to book their summer holidays before the return of international travel on 17 May.
Immediately after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the roadmap out of lockdown, some of Britain’s largest airlines and travel companies reported a surge in holiday bookings to locations such as Greece, Spain and Cyprus.
International travel will be able to resume on May 17 as part of the preparations, assuming infection rates remain low and no new coronavirus variants arise.
Thomas Cooks CEO Alan French called the roadmap of the PM ‘positive news’ with the organization already seeing ‘flooding in’ reservations for countries such as Greece, Cyprus and Spain.
French said: ‘The government’s announcement today is good news for those of us desperate to get away on holiday.
‘While we await more details, it’s clear that the government’s ambition is to open up international travel in the coming months and hopefully in time for the summer holidays.’
Currently, all passengers arriving from the United Kingdom between 22 February and 06:00 on 8 March are expected at the airport to take a rapid coronavirus test.